"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."
Famed swim coach Eddie Reese was named head coach for the U.S. Olympic men's swimming team in 1992, 2004, and 2008. He also worked as an assistant coach in 1988, 1996, and 2000.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
~Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
U.S. Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau cuts through the water like a hot knife through butter. There's not much that can slow him down, not even cancer. Shanteau was diagnosed with testicular cancer one week before the Olympic trials in 2008. He decided to defer treatment for testicular cancer until after his Olympic competition back in Beijing. Although no one can put themselves in another person's position, the consequence of this decision could not be greater. But fortunately for Shanteau, his cancer was detected early on.
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The 1916 Berlin Olympics were cancelled due to World War 1.
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew."
~Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Roman Catholic saint
Toronto, Ontario was home to the biggest swimming pool in the world back in 1925. It held 2,000 swimmers, and was 300ft x 75ft. It is still in operation today.
"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."
~Henry C. Link
At the time of the 2008 Olympics, Great Britain possessed 24 Olympic length 50m pools. Or, put another way, one 50m pool for every 2.5 million people. That's not a lot of pools!
I taped my mantra to the wall: 'There will be a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.'"